Reykjavik, Days 1 – 3

Hello fello MOFOs (November is the 4th vegan MOnth of FOod) and non-MOFOs alike! In honor of this being the 4th MOFO, we decided to wait until the 4th day to post.

Or not. Actually, as we mentioned earlier, we are in Reykjavik, Iceland for the month of November–so we’ve only just arrived and gotten settled in. Our first day here, we were pretty jet-lagged and ravenous, so we just made a quick pasta and sauce, with sauteed onions, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. No pictures, friends…alas. You wouldn’t have been wowed.

The second day here, we ran errands all day with our new friend Jan, gathering supplies for art/music-making. It was getting late, so we grabbed a meal at Shalimar, which shares its name with our favorite Indian restaurant back home. As usual, we were able to eat the chana (punjabi), onion pakora, vegetable samosas, and roti. Does anyone else find it funny that eating Indian food in Iceland makes us feel at home?

On day 3, we finally got down to doing/makingĀ  a little work, but still found time for a quick, delicious dinner–sauteed tofu with onions & mushrooms on quinoa, with broccoli.

’twas awesome!

Afterward, we headed out to check out a local band at Venue (they were a bit reminiscent of Seabear, but with an excess of between-song banter [in Icelandic]).

Stay tuned for what will likely be a month of very simple meals–this is a good time to follow if you’ve been waiting for a bit of cooking that requires a smaller commitment in the kitchen.



#1 selene @veganlicious on 01.30.11 at 3:00 pm

hey! this is amazing! I’m a vegan heading to iceland in april, so this is definitely helpful. Did you bring any food in with you or did you find everything you needed there?

#2 amy on 02.01.11 at 5:37 pm

Hi Selene,
Grocery shopping is pretty easy (if a bit expensive) there. There are a couple of health food stores in the center of town as well. You shouldn’t need to bring anything with you. Be sure to check out the other Reykavik posts on the site- there’s a lot more food-related information from our two month-long trips in June and November 2010.
Have fun! (says the jealous blogger;)

#3 mark on 02.05.11 at 12:32 pm

Agreed–it’s pretty easy to get all of the essentials. Rapunzel makes a soy margerine (that pales in comparison to Earth Balance, sadly) that can be had from either health food store (Yggdrasil or Heil Husid [I think]). The tofu at both health food stores comes in a jar in scant portions, but you can find it at some of the regular grocery stores (we tended to shop at Noatun). It’s not a popular item, though, so it wasn’t restocked that often. So stock up.

Otherwise, fresh produce is generally easy to get and canned and dry beans are readily available.

Our friends Nicole and Devon are living there for a year and they wisely brought some spices with them. For a month or less, you can probably get by on what you find there. For a longer stay, you may want to bring along some cumin (they have cumin, but it’s actually caraway–not at all what you’d expect), chili powder, and/or curry powder (theirs is made with the caraway cumin). If it’s a staple in your cooking, you might bring along some nu yeast too. I think most other spices were pretty available.

Happy travels!

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